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Meet Mexico’s fastest growing drug cartel

The Jalisco New Generation cartel is expanding its territory, ambushing police and even assembling its own assault weapons.... Read more»

Texas GOP takes 1st step to end in-state tuition for undocumented

After a marathon hearing that stretched well into Tuesday morning, a Texas senate subcommittee approved Sen. Donna Campbell's bill to repeal a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.... Read more»1

FactChecking presidential candidate Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is now the second major Republican candidate to officially declare he will run for president. We present a sampling of some past claims from Paul that we have reviewed on our site. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain on running again: 'Quitting is not in my nature'

"I'm as determined as ever to deserve your trust – and as grateful as ever for the privilege. It is the honor of my life to serve you and our best hopes for our country – and I intend to remain worthy of that honor. No success in my life has ever come without a good fight, and there is so much worth fighting for today. I'm eager to get started and ready for whatever comes."... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Bowden: How the CIA may have tortured one of America's own

Part 1: In 1985, a murky alliance of Mexican drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder — his final story.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Mexico murder of DEA agent becomes int'l obsession

Part 2: The murder of young DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985 became an international incident — and an obsession for his agency. What an investigator's sources tell him changes everything. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Into the killing room: Murder of a DEA agent

Part 3: The investigation of a murdered DEA agent has taken agent Berrellez deep into the murky world of drug traffickers, corrupt Mexican officials, and possibly the CIA. His final witnesses take him into the killing room — and threaten not just the case, but his life. In a three-part series, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Why Chuck Bowden's final story took 16 years to write

The unsolved murder of a DEA agent haunted the celebrated reporter for decades—and he finally completed his investigation in August, just before he died. His co-author talks about why it took so long and meant so much.... Read more»

John McCain running for sixth term

U.S. Sen. John McCain confirmed Monday night TucsonSentinel.com's earlier report that he is making a bid for a sixth term. "I have decided to run," McCain, 78, told NBC News in an interview. The Republican will announce his campaign at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Phoenix on Tuesday.... Read more»2

Iran nuclear pact sparks divided reaction from Arizona lawmakers

President Barack Obama called it a "historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon." But Arizona lawmakers saw it as everything from a step to peace to a step down a "disgraceful path" with an enemy. ... Read more»

The future of religion around the world, in one chart

A new report by Pew Research shows us what religious affiliations will look like in 2050. ... Read more»

Texas GOP's gun measures could backfire with minorities

Republican lawmakers backing open carry and guns on campus are heading in the wrong direction for many black and Hispanic Texans who would prefer stricter gun laws, polling shows. It's another disconnect with minorities the GOP might regret. ... Read more»

Venezuela’s president racing to collect 10 million anti-Obama signatures

When U.S. President Barack Obama declared Venezuela a “national security threat” and smacked the country with sanctions last month, a reaction was inevitable. Even school kids are reportedly signing the petition, which the Venezuelan president plans to deliver in person to Obama next week.... Read more»

1929-1968

Listen: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Here's a recording and the text of that sermon.... Read more»

Checking the Checkpoints: Az's Border Patrol sites

Support quality border reporting: Pledge your backing for our project to take a tour of every one of Arizona's 11 Border Patrol checkpoints in a single day, showing in dramatic fashion how they isolate rural communities, how residents live with daily interactions with BP, and how effective the checkpoint strategy is.... Read more»

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